The Pineville Police Department has a new chief and assistant chief.

Mayor Scott Madon announced that Kyle Dunn has been promoted from Assistant Police Chief to Police Chief and officer Curtis Pingleton has been promoted to Assistant Chief.

Former Police Chief Bill Matthews retired at the end of June and the mayor said it was a natural transition to promote Dunn to the position.

“I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Bill Matthews for his service during the time he was chief,” Madon said during a brief press conference on Tuesday. “(But) today is a great day to promote Kyle up. He’s been a leader amongst our police officers from filing grants to stepping up when things needed to be done. He’s always been there for, not only me but the city even before I got here. Kyle has a great reputation of putting the city first and putting his job first. It’s a great honor for us to move Kyle up to the chief of police.”

Dunn graduated from Bell County High School in 2004 and went on to earn an Associates of Science degree from Southeast Community & Technical College. He graduated from the Department of Criminal Justice Training in 2007 and immediately began work as an officer at the Pineville Police Department. Kyle spent 2008-10 as a deputy at the Bell County Sheriff’s Department before returning to the Pineville Police Department. He has served as Assistant Police Chief since 2015. Kyle is the son of Richard and Jenny Dunn and is married to Toni Hatfield Dunn. He and Toni have one son, Jack.

“It’s an honor to be named Police Chief. It’s something not many people get to say they’ve done,” Dunn said. “I just hope we can keep building on what Bill Matthews started when he took over this department. I’ve kind of took off and ran with a lot of things that he started. A lot of the stuff that is happening came from what he started and what his vision was too.”

The mayor said Pingleton brings invaluable experience to the role of Assistant Police Chief.

“I’ve known Curt for a long time, he’s a great officer. He’s a 25-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police and we were very fortunate to get him to be one of our officers,” Madon said. “We kind of kid a little bit that Curt is like a grandfather to of all of these guys. They all come to him and ask him for advice. He’s a very solid, sound person and we’re very fortunate to have someone like Curt. We’re super glad that he’s accepted the position as assistant chief.”

Pingleton graduated from the Kentucky State Police Academy in 1987 and went on to spend 25 years working within the KSP. He is currently in his fourth year at the Pineville Police Department. Pingleton has been a resident of Bell County for over 30 years and is married to Lisa Carnes Pingleton. They have two daughters, Carlee and Lynsie.

Pingleton said he was proud to be named assistant chief.

“I’m not originally from Bell County or Pineville, but I’ve lived here for over 30 years now and I’ve always enjoyed this small town atmosphere,” he said. “To me it’s  a privilege to be an officer in this town.”

Madon said the Pineville Police Department is in good hands and credited the city’s alcohol tax for funding new police cars, new computers and all of the latest equipment for the officers.

“If anybody ever wants to know where our alcohol tax money is going — we’re buying new cars, we’re putting our officers out for additional patrols, they’re walking the streets at night, walking the streets during the day, walking the alleyways and we’re paying for all of that with our alcohol tax money,” he said.

“I’ll put our police officers and our equipment up against anybody in the state. We’ve got the best of the best and we don’t cut any corners when it comes to that. We’re part of the drug task force so I think that we’re touching all of the bases when it comes to law enforcement for the people of Pineville.”

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